Given names: 
Constance M.
Given address: 
Avon Street Oamaru
Sheet No: 293

Biographical information provided by Briar Barry for the He Tohu exhibition:

Constance was the daughter of Reverend Robert Wilson, a protestant missionary based in Hankow, China. She married Reverend Frank Seth-Smith of Ōamaru in London in 1892. They returned to Ōamaru shortly after their wedding but stayed for less than three years before returning to England.  Constance does not appear on any New Zealand electoral rolls so although she helped to get women the vote she never actually got the chance to vote herself. As Vice President of the Alliance, Constance’s husband was a recognized leader of the temperance movement in Ōamaru, so it is likely that he would have encouraged and supported her signing the Petition.

She is almost certainly related to S. Annette Seth-Smith who signed the same sheet of the suffrage petition.

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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Anastasia Saward

Posted: 08 May 2018

Frank Seth-Smith was Sarah Annete's older brother.